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Lawyers at the Movies: Learning from the Top "Lawyer" Movies of All-Time

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The Centerpiece of the Barristers "Lawyers & Cinema" Webcast Series!

Although Hollywood has a tendency to portray lawyers and the legal profession in a very unrealistic light, wonderful lessons for practicing lawyers nonetheless abound in some of the most beloved "lawyer" movies and TV shows of all time.  So - earn 6 hours of CLE and grab some popcorn as we discuss practical lessons in trial technique, client relations, and much more from many of your favorite movies, including:

  • To Kill a Mockingbirdwith Gregory Peck
  • My Cousin Vinnywith Joe Pesci & Marisa Tomei
  • A Civil Actionwith John Travolta and Robert Duvall
  • Marshallwith Chadwick Boseman
  • A Few Good Menwith Tom Cruise & Demi Moore
  • And much, much more!


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  • William R Newman of The University of Southern Mississippi
  • Agenda for Thursday, the 27th of June 2024

    8:30 am Central Time - Webcast Begins (Please register and sign into the website at least 10 minutes before the scheduled start)

    (Agenda is approximate and tentative)

    8:30am - 9:45am - What Our Clients Expect from Us (Thanks to Hollywood) - Clips discussed:  Young Mr. Lincoln (Henry Fonda, 1939), Inherit the Wind (Spencer Tracy, 1960), Jurassic Park (1993),  Legally Blonde (Reese Witherspoon, 2001)

    9:45am - 9:55am - Break

    9:55am - 11:00am - In the Courtroom:  Voir Dire, Jury Selection, & Opening Statements - Clips discussed:  Young Mr. Lincoln (Henry Fonda, 1939), Marshall (Chadwick Boseman, 2017), My Cousin Vinny (Joe Pesci, 1992), Philadelphia (Denzel Washington, Mary Steenburgen, 1993), The Burial (Jamie Foxx, Tommy Lee Jones, 2023)       

    11:00am - 11:05am - Break

    11:05am - 12:10pm - In the Courtroom:  Direct Examination & Witness Preparation - Clips discussed:  Judgment at Nuremberg (Spencer Tracy, 1961), To Kill a Mockingbird (Gregory Peck, 1962), Malice (Alec Baldwin, Nicole Kidman, 1993), Frasier (Kelsey Grammer, 1999),  Kramer v. Kramer (Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, 1979)       

    12:10pm - 12:55pm - Lunch Break

    12:55pm - 2:00pm - In the Courtroom:  Cross Examination - Clips discussed:  A Few Good Men (Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, 1992),  A Civil Action (Robert Duvall, John Travolta, 1998), Anatomy of a Murder (Jimmy Stewart, 1959)

    2:00pm - 2:15pm - Break

    2:15pm - 2:45pm - In the Courtroom:  Closing Arguments, Experts, & Jury Communication - Clips discussed:  A Time to Kill  (Matthew McConaughey, 1996), The Verdict (Paul Newman, 1982), Clarence Darrow (Henry Fonda, 1974), My Cousin Vinny (Joe Pesci, 1992)

    2:45pm - 3:50pm - A Noble and Honorable Profession:  Ethics of Zealous Advocacy - Clips discussed:   Bridge of Spies (Tom Hanks, 2015), To Kill a Mockingbird (Gregory Peck, 1962),  The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd (Dennis Weaver, 1980)


    Due to technical requirements, customers must attend a live webcast in its entirety to receive credit for attendance. No partial credit can be accommodated.